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Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo

Bouanga-Kalou G.,Marien Ngouabi University | Dhellot J.R.,Laboratory of Food Physic Chemistry and Biotechnology | Matos L.,Laboratory of Food Physic Chemistry and Biotechnology | Kimbonguila A.,Laboratory of Food Physic Chemistry and Biotechnology | And 6 more authors.
Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology | Year: 2014

The aim of the study was to investigate the physicochemical properties and the kinetics of degradation of Moringa oleifera seed oil during heating. The seed is a good source of oil (40%). The physical properties of the oil extracts showed the state to be liquid at room temperature and indicated that the oil had refractive index, 1.4680; the peroxide value, 1.67 (meq O2/kg oil); free fatty acid, 2.10%; iodine value, 66.2%; saponification value, 167; unsaponifiable matter content, 0.87% and viscosity, 47.24 (mPa.s at 25°C). Gas liquid chromatography technique has been developed for identification and quantitative determination of total unsaturated and saturated fatty acids shows that the crude oil had 79.57 and 20.42% respectively. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) indicates the presence of three components in oil extracted. The first peak at low melting point appears at -31.10°C (ΔHf = -5.36 J/g), the second peak appears to -7.03°C (ΔHf = +49.56 J/g) and the last peak appears to +6.30°C (ΔHf = +0.55 J/g). The degradation kinetic of the oil was also investigated. The thermal oxidation of the double bonds of the oil showed a first-order thermal oxidation kinetic and the Arrhenius plot yielded a straight line with a slope equivalent to activation energy of 1.593 KJ/mol. There is the possibility of considering the seed as feed supplement and its oil for industrial application. © Maxwell Scientific Organization, 2014.

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